Reflections On The Journey



Our Mother Mary

Posted on July 18, 2022 at 8:55 AM

Monday Meditation – Our Mother Mary 7/11/2022


When my mother Cleo passed away years ago, I felt a bit lost. I had gone to her often over the years for advice and just to spend time. When she was gone, that option was no longer available to me. I did have my mother-in-law to go to, but it just wasn’t the same. I was craving something more, but I wasn’t sure what it was.


Then I rediscovered Mary.


To be honest, I had known about Mary, the Mother of God, ever since I was young. I learned the Hail Mary prayer and saw statues and images of her in the churches I attended. And since I was born on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (the day Mary was conceived free of sin), she had always been a part of my faith life – I chose Marie as my confirmation name in honor of Mary.


However, I did not really “know” Mary until several years ago when I went on a pilgrimage trip to Medjugorje. It was on this trip that I really became close to Mary. I cannot take up a lot of time in today’s reflection to describe the events that occurred on that trip, because my post would be way too lengthy! But I will tell you that I encountered her in a very personal way on that trip. Ever since, I have been regularly praying the rosary and going to Mary for help.


I particularly love an icon that hangs in the Emmaus Chapel at my church – it’s the one in today’s photo. It depicts Mary holding her young son Jesus. Jesus is looking at Mary, but Mary is looking at me. No matter where I sit in the chapel, Mary’s eyes are on me. They are eyes filled with love and caring, and it’s hard to describe the peace I feel when I look at that icon. Mary has truly blessed me as my Mother.


I will always be grateful for my physical mother’s love and care and for passing on her Catholic faith to me, but I am also grateful for my Mother Mary who continues to provide me with motherly love and help. I pray to her regularly. I especially love the Memorarae prayer (I just prayed it this morning for a special intention) which is as follows:


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


Is your physical mother still around, if so, be blessed that she is there for you. If not, and even if she is, I hope you have another “mother” you can turn to. I highly suggest Mary! She has blessed me often, and I’m sure she will bless you too – all you have to do is talk with her.


Have a blessed Monday!


© 2022


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